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Nerds of a Feather

The inaugural NerdPow! celebrates better video gaming through music

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 10, 2009
With game developers taking frequent technological leaps and the popularity of Rock Band and Guitar Hero nearing the point of cultural oversaturation, current video game music is light years removed from the tinny din and clunky MIDI palettes of yesteryear. Exhibit A: Cincinnati's first NerdPow!, featuring live performances, a subculture-chronicling documentary film and games to play as musicians rotate between sets.  

Music: Cheap Girls

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Lansing, Mich.-based group — starring brothers Ben and Ian Graham (the latter handles bass and vocals) and guitarist Adam Aymor — turn out vibrant Power Pop/Pop-Punk with heavy ‘90s Alt/Indie Rock vibes. My Roaring 20s, the band’s second full-length, was released last month. They play the Bikehaus with Failures' Union, Knife the Symphony and Army Coach.  

Cheap Girls with Failures' Union, Knife the Symphony and Army Coach

Nov. 14 • Bikehaus

0 Comments · Sunday, November 8, 2009
When three guys heading toward their twenties formed Cheap Girls two and a half years ago, the project was intended to be something that they wouldn't take too seriously. Each of them had been in other groups before, and this one was supposed to have a good time without hitting the highways. One party quickly led to another and Cheap Girls quickly gained impressive momentum — so much that they reconsidered that original plan.   

Music: Hoots & Hellmouth

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Driven by guitarists/vocalists Sean Hoots and Andrew Gray, Hoots & Hellmouth's sound has relatives in the likes of The Hackensaw Boys, Old Crow Medicine Show and Drive-By Truckers. The group’s twangy, mandolin-rich style seems like a throwback to the Dust Bowl era, but the band members insist that they’re rooted in the present. They play the Southgate House.  

Hoots & Hellmouth with William Elliott Whitmore and Wake the Bear

Nov. 9 • Southgate House (Parlour)

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
In "Root of the Industry," the opening track on the June release 'The Holy Open Secret,' Hoots & Hellmouth makes its seditious tendencies clear. Take a listen to this Roots Rock group without inspecting the lyrics and you might figure that their country-fried acoustic work is moonshine-making music without any teeth to it. That's not the case.  

The Last Starfighter

Fairfield’s Arcade Legends keeps a video game tradition alive during tough times

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Time has not been good to the arcade game. In the last decade, the accelerated pace of take-home technology has unarguably established consoles like the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360 as the video game’s dominant products, forcing the coin-operated game out of the market.  

Events: Cincinnati Toy and Collectible Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Since debuting the Columbus Toy Show in 2003, James Ford and CTS Promotions have held pop culture conventions for six years. However, Sunday's event at the Sharonville Convention Center marks the company's first foray into Cincy. This family-friendly con will offer recent and vintage products: action figures from franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers and G.I. Joe, dolls, cars by Hot Wheels and Matchbox, comic books, magazines, trading cards, models, trains and other miscellanea from the 1930s to the present. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  

Music: Russian Circles

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Russian Circles might very well be capturing the transmissions of a complex, little known galaxy far away. In crafting snaking, ornate instrumental passages with nary a word to be heard, the group’s material offers the possibility that they have special access to a distant away satellite and are using its transcendental signals to fuel their own imaginations. They play the Mad Hatter with Coliseum and Young Widows.  

Russian Circles with Coliseum and Young Widows

Oct. 28 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Friday, October 23, 2009
Russian Circles This band is guitarist Mike Sullivan, bassist Brian Cook and drummer Dave Turncrantz, guys from Chicago who have done stints in intelligently aggressive acts like Botch and These Arms Are Snakes. Instead of being a cryptic allusion to a warhead or an intergalactic beacon, their moniker is a nod to a drill performed by the Russian ice hockey team when they skate in circles marked around the rink.  

Savior of The Damned

Andrew Pinching discusses his 10-year tenure with Punk stalwarts

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Damned have carved their reputation out of going about things in an off-kilter fashion. When they released the ebullient "New Rose" in 1976, it wasn't just their first single — it's usually credited as being the first Punk Rock single, period. In the same year, they snapped up a spot on the "Anarchy in the U.K. Tour" with The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers. As those other pioneers were gradually exterminated by drugs, The Damned kept going.